I’m back on my perch and chirping. I have to admit though I’m almost ready to fall in a heap. It helped a lot that the plastic surgeon gave me clear answers yesterday and I have fixed appointment times. I’ve had so many changes to the surgery situation because it is so rushed, that my head is spinning. Plus… my week is like this…
Friday: am Luther College pm Drove to the Austin hospital with Sophie to speak to plastic surgeon
Friday night: Dinner with friends and an over night stay at Heritage estate
Saturday: Breakfast at Heritage estate, drove to Frankston and back with Sophie, ran laps around the athletics track
Saturday night: Out for tea
Sunday: Surprise event for Colin with the whole family starting with an early morning (TBA)
Sunday night: Movies with my friend
Monday am: Pre-admissions appointment at Maroondah hospital. pm: Breast nurse appt
Tuesday: AM Breast clinic PMLymphoscintigraphy at Maroondah hospital (to check the location of lymph glands)
Wednesday 7am: Maroondah ready for surgery
So as you can see… there is no time to have a meltdown and I’ll just have to remain on my perch chirping:)
Sophie came with me to speak to the plastic surgeon who spent an hour with us. Sophie took notes which was very helpful and was a great emotional support as well.
Apart from the surgeon telling me I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TUMMY (and proud) he also told me I didn’t have enough of it to create a breast. Boo to pilates!!!
The appointment was for an hour and so I won’t bore you with the gory details. I’m sure you’ve all heard enough of my breasts over the past 6 months. Here is the rundown, using Sophie’s notes.
- It’s best to do a reconstruction with your own tissue – because your body will move and grow with you. Doesn’t have the same problems as implants. If you put on weight so do the breasts.
- May be difficult because I don’t have much ’tissue’ (I’VE ALREADY HAD LOTS OF DONATION OFFERS THANKS!!!!)
- He will put in tissue expander (purple balloon) to keep space open. This gives a better result in the end as the skin is ready for implant etc.
- Tissue expander concerns – radiotherapy burns skin, can deform the breast and around the tissue expander which can cause infection.
- He believes mastectomy is a good idea given my little lump factory situation and the fact chemo isn’t working and I can’t use other treatment options (hormones or Herceptin).
- Tissue expander, goes in flat under the muscle and then they put more and more saline into the tissue expander port via a needle through the breast every 2-3 weeks (nice to know it’s not helium)
- During the 3-5 months I will find more about the treatment options.
- During radiotherapy they may need to deflate the tissue expander (remove the saline).
- Reconstruction is not a good idea given that my cancer future is unknown. Once I’m clear of cancer it can be done. I need to grow a tummy in the meantime ha ha.
- Plastic surgeon is at the end of the pecking order. Most important to save life and rid body of cancer.
- Reconstruction date is dependent on further cancer treatment.
Sorry if it’s a bit of a ramble but I’m about to go out so I haven’t edited it very well. If it makes no sense just be assured I am in good hands and feeling happily overwhelmed!
Sophie will update the blog while I’m in hospital:) Now is her chance to publicly humiliate me ha ha.